Editor’s Note: Poway Patch reader Gayle filled in for Hoa as a guest columnist, but if you like her reviews, she may be a permanent fill in.
While only 2.5 percent of Americans are full-time vegetarians, many of us eat a vegetarian diet at least a few days a week. Though some think being a part-time vegetarian is a little like being partly pregnant, there is a new name for part-time vegetarians – “flexitarians.”
I’m a flexitarian and glad to put a name to the way I eat. Three-quarters of my diet is vegetarian with limited chicken and fish.
Certain ethnic cuisines are go-to favorites for flexitarians. is a family-owned Greek restaurant in the strip mall at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Stowe Drive. Victor and his wife ran a snow-shoveling business in Syracuse, N.Y., when they first arrived in the United States. In 1995, Victor had enough of the cold, came to San Diego and opened his restaurants in Poway and Rancho Bernardo.
At lunchtime, Victor’s was buzzing with business from the nearby industrial parks. There was a line out the door and all 10 tables in the dining area were filled with people waiting for orders.
Spanikopita is made by filling flaky phyllo dough with spinach and feta cheese. Viktor’s version was truly a spinach pie with a thick filling. The spinach was front and center, not overwhelmed by dough. It was sweet and delicious.
Victor’s falafel was adequate, made appealing thanks to the creamy hummus and excellent tzatziki sauce. Victor’s tzatziki is sold by the bottle, which tells me it’s popular. The hummus was rich and smooth, but could have used more garlic for my taste.
Avgolemeno soup is traditional Greek egg, chicken and rice soup in a lemony broth—seriously flexitarian. It was piping hot and flavorful.
The Greek salad was fresh and crispy with plenty of feta cheese, olives, tomatoes and red onions. The creamy vinaigrette dressing was a nice change from plain oil and vinegar.
The rice was forgettable filler. The pita bread was decent, and when it’s covered in something delicious who really notices?
Big bonus: I was thrilled to see Turkish (Greek) coffee on the menu. It’s like high-octane espresso, syrupy thick and sweet. But when it’s bad it’s nasty bitter. Victor’s version was perfect. Fair warning: It packs a punch and you’ll have a late-afternoon caffeine hangover if you aren’t used to it.
I wouldn’t spend my lunch hour actually sitting at Victor’s. It was crowded and the din made it impossible to carry on a conversation. If my lunch date was my smart phone, then perhaps I could tolerate it. Consider picking up dinner on the way home instead of fighting the lunch crowd.
Vegetarian-friendliness on a scale of 1-10: 9. There are plenty of good vegetarian food choices, but it’s not a place where you can sit down and savor the spectacular Turkish coffee. Note to Hoa: Victor’s is forgiven for that “K” in Kafe because a Greek would spell it that way.